Richard Marks


Richard’s time as a business and legal affairs executive at Universal, Disney and Paramount combined with his years in private practice at Greenberg Traurig and, for the past decade, The Point Media, allow him to provide clients with a unique legal skill set.  He represents clients such as New Regency, Legendary, ITV, IDW, Machinima, Electus, DirecTV, Relativity, Ovation, Fabrik, Shout Factory and MRC in connection with their development and production of programming for exploitation in all media and on all platforms.  He also has a reputation in the industry for his expert witness services and has been engaged as such by clients as varied as Warner Bros., ICM, HMRC and Celador.  He has brokered carriage agreements with AOL, MTV, and domestic and foreign radio and television broadcasters; negotiated numerous sponsorship agreements; and notably assisted Robert Sillerman in the acquisition of “American Idol.”  Early in his career, he was responsible for business and legal affairs relating to the development, production, post-production, marketing and advertising for such feature films as “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Tucker” and “The Golden Child,” and such television series’ as “Cheers” and “Family Ties.”

Get to know me

How does the point media approach fit with your practice?
We’re all trained in-house at studios, in a “business first” environment where contracts facilitate commerce, not the other way around.

What’s your style of working with clients?
I share my colleagues’ respect for deadlines, that time is money, and production must start when scheduled. We collaborate to keep a client’s flow of business unimpeded.

How do you flex your creativity with clients?
Our clients are content and digital pioneers, which allows us to be pioneers in negotiating and documenting deals of first impression.  We’ve been able to create templates to fit the new economics and emerging markets.  And we write good letters.

Strangest case you’ve worked on?
I advised the creator of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in its lawsuit against the producer who tried to convince the jury that half of the profits of this mega-success was valueless.  Only in Hollywood! Based on my testimony, the jury awarded the creator more than $270 million.

What’s been said about you that makes you feel proud?
He’s a deal maker, not a deal killer.

If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be?
A philanthropist, or David Copperfield.

Associations, Memberships & Awards

  • Writers Guild of America (Member)
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association (Member)
  • California Bar Association (Member)
  • “The Best Lawyers in America” (2018)

Prior to The Point Media

  • Greenberg Traurig, Entertainment Department
  • Universal Television, Vice President
  • Nelvana Communications, Vice President and General Counsel
  • Kushner-Locke, Exec. VP and General Counsel
  • Weintraub Entertainment, Group, Vice President
  • Paramount Pictures, Senior Counsel – Handled legal work for feature film and network television divisions


  • University of California, Los Angeles (B.A. 1970; Valedictory Speaker)
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Law (J.D. 1973; Chief Justice of the Moot Court)

Related Blog Posts

Justice Michael Wigney Asks Richard Marks A Question

The Point Media’s Richard Marks’ involvement as an Expert Witness in the Geoffrey Rush trial is attracting quite a bit of attention on social media (as are Mr. Marks...Read more

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The Point Media attorney Richard Marks was called upon as an expert witness in the defamation case of Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. Rush filed the lawsuit in response to sexual.....Read more

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Richard Marks was recently quoted in David Ng’s article “How Mel Gibson’s promising indie film went off the rails,” published in the Los Angeles Times on August 18, 2017. I...Read more

Richard Marks and Aviva Bergman Named Among “Best Lawyers” For 2018

The firm is pleased to announce that Richard Marks and Aviva Bergman have been selected for inclusion the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America,” one of the oldest......Read more

Richard Marks Speaks to Bloomberg on Entertainment Industry Tax Deductions

Richard Marks was recently quoted in Allyson Versprille and Matthew Beddingfield’s Bloomberg BNA article “Bruins Case Sets Up Entertainment Industry for Deduction Wins.” Th...Read more

Richard Marks Testimony Helps to Score Major Victory for Jillian Michaels in YouTube Legal Battle

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Richard Marks Speaks to Variety on Possible Writers Strike

Variety asked Richard Marks to comment on the ongoing negotiations between the Writers Guild of America (WGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). A...Read more

Eva Longoria Signs On For Fox Pilot “Type-A”

Richard Marks served as legal counsel during the negotiation of Eva Longoria’s deal to play the lead in Fox’s pilot Type-A, a single-camera comedy from executive producer ...Read more

Ovation TV To Develop Scripted Series Produced by Storyscape Entertainment

Richard Marks recently helped negotiate a deal between Ovation TV and Storyscape Entertainment to develop a new drama series, Hot Art, based on the book Hot Art: Chasing Thieves ...Read more

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Richard Marks recently helped negotiate a first-look deal for Lionsgate with author, actress, and YouTube sensation Mamrie Hart. The deal is a continuation of the relationship betw...Read more

Richard Marks Quoted in Bloomberg BNA

Richard Marks was recently quoted in Allyson Versprille and Matthew Beddingfield’s Bloomberg BNA article “Forever Young: How CGI Could Raise a Celebrity’s Estate Tax.” In ...Read more

Richard Marks Speaks to The Hollywood Reporter

Richard Marks was recently quoted in Ashley Cullins’ Hollywood Reporter article “Can ‘America’s Got Talent’ Host Nick Cannon Avoid an NBC Legal Fight?” In the article...Read more

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“Undeniable” to Air Third Season on DirecTV

Joe Buck’s interview series for DirecTV “Undeniable” will continue for a third season. The show provides an unparalleled look into the lives of sport legends with one-on-one ...Read more

TruTV Renews “Adam Ruins Everything” For a Second Season

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‘Bosch’ Is Going Back On The Case For A Fourth Season With Amazon Renewal

Amazon announced its plan to renew the detective drama “Bosch” for a fourth season. No premiere date has been set, but the studio is looking at a late 2017 or 2018 release......Read more

Richard Marks Quoted in Los Angeles Business Journal Article

Richard Marks was recently quoted in Marni Usheroff’s Los Angeles Business Journal piece “Revenue from streaming alters big picture for some.” The article discusses how resid...Read more

Richard Marks Profiled in Los Angeles Business Journal

Partner Richard Marks was the subject of Cale Ottens’ recent Los Angeles Business Journal piece “Expert Witness Sees Hefty Pay.” The feature explores the importance of Richar...Read more

Richard Marks Testifies on Behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service

Richard notably testified on behalf of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Service in a matter in which HMRC determined that an investment made by wealthy Brits for a substantial ...Read more

Richard Marks Speaks at Beverly Hills Bar Association Course

Richard Marks was a speaker at the Beverly Hills Bar Association’s seminar “You Want What?!? Mock Negotiations between a Writer and a Studio/Network.” The seg...Read more

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Richard Marks was a Main Speaker at “Produced By” 2010. Presented by the Producers Guild of America and hosted by 20th Century Fox Studios, the “Produced by̶...Read more